In 108 Test matches for his country , the Englishman scored 8114 runs with 22 hundreds and 42 half-centuries among them  © Getty Images
In 108 Test matches for his country , the Englishman scored 8114 runs with 22 hundreds and 42 half-centuries among them © Getty Images

Geoffrey Boycott as the world knows from his twitter account is a Cricket commentator and former Yorkshire and England cricketer. One of the greats to have played the game, Geoff Boycott has given his all for his country whenever he had a bat in his hand. He was an opening batsmen who had a rather controversial career in cricket. Nonetheless, in 18 Test matches for his country , the Englishman scored 8114 runs with 22 hundreds and 42 half-centuries among them. READ: Jill and Jane Powell: Yorkshire twins who played for England

But what led to Boycott playing for his country was his super impressive record and numbers for his county club Yorkshire. Boycott played a little more than 400 first-class matches for Yorkshire as an opening batsman scoring 32,750 runs and in the process taking his toll of centuries to 103 and becoming a club legend. Not only that, Geoff Boycott was a good fielder too taking important catches for his side at times and chipping in with his medium pace inswingers on some occassions.

But what might come as a surprise after reading these mindboggling stats, is that poor Geoff was denied a chance to make a comeback to his club,Yorkshire, as a member to help the board improve the financial crisis that is surrounding the club.

The Yorkshire county club is in debt of $AUD38.6 million and even after an eminent contribution for almost 20 years, Geoff was snubbed by the Chairman Steve Denison.

“We want individuals with skills that can guarantee the survival of the club. We are saying no on the back of stability. The success we have had in the last two seasons has been on the back of a very stable board and a very stable management team, all pointing in the same direction” Denison said.

Denison is of the view that Geoff isn’t someone who can make a difference to the club’s financial condition and therefore isn’t backing his return.  “The problem we face at the moment is the club has been in serious financial difficulty for a long time, propped up by (former chairman) Colin Graves,” said Denison.

“We need specialist skills on our board in relation to finance and construction, and that’s the direction of the board over the next few years”, he continued.

Steve Denison’s approach towards the crisis is more professional and maybe the need of the hour, but according to Geoff he needs to be given atleast a chance to give something back to the club which made him what he was.

“I’m not trying to cause any problems, I’m not trying to create any trouble, I want to help the club. If you carry on with the debt as it is, there won’t be a club in existence as it’s a recipe for bankruptcy,”Boycott said.

“The debt’s gone from £5 million in 2002 to £24 million in 12 years, so the businessmen on the board haven’t done a very good job have they?”

The Geoff Boycott we know though, is always ready to voice his opinion. Be it his banters with Sourav Ganguly or his criticising of England’s Test team, he has never backed off from any challenge.